Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Wishing everyone a blessed Christmas and a New Year full of joy and laughter! May we all paint our best paintings ever this year!  May your loved ones be with you this season and if not may you hold them close in your heart. I cherish all of you and count you as a blessing in my life! May our prayers for peace be answered.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014


I just finished this a week ago. I worked from photos I took in my rose garden of a yellow Knockout rose. Watercolors from DS and Maimeriblu on Arches 300lb cold press paper.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Commission work-in-progress

Client wanted a replica of Jean-Honore Fragonard's "The Love Letter" replacing the cocker spaniel with her two pups.  Still a little work to do on the face and add the dogs.  Almost done!  Oil on canvas 28" x 36"

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Oliver is Super

This is the second of the two commissions I have been working on.  I delivered them to my client this week.  I had fun with this - I had the paintings on my easy with a velvet cloth covering them.   I asked them which painting they wanted to see first and did the unveiling.  The look on the father's face was priceless.  He loved the paintings.  And this child is a clone of daddy - the resemblance makes you smile out loud.  So cute.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Word Verification

I have had to do the word verification each time I post a comment now. Has anyone else had to do that? I checked the settings and it is on No and yet I am getting that...just checking to see if anyone else is having troubles

"Sippy Cup" watercolor class demo

Watercolor on Arches 300# cold press 8-1/2" x 10"

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Little Girl In The Window

This is the final version of my latest card and giclee. It is from a painting that I did in 1986. The first version that I did a few weeks ago was smaller with sharp edges around the oval. In this latest version, the image has been enlarged and the edges softened. I like it much better. I want to get 5x7 giclees made
and place them in 8x10 double mats to sell. I have had many customers asking me for images of my older work. I found another one that I want to make into cards and giclees too. I have been way too busy getting ready for Christmas to start a new painting.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

"Martini Sunrise" accidental idea

Not tequila sunrise, but  “Martini Sunrise.”  

I inadvertently leaned my martini painting up against a recent landscape. Top half is an oil; bottom a watercolor.   I thought..... hmmmmmm.... I might have something here.  I think I will have to paint this combo.


Many of you have done wonderful rusty vehicles but I have never attempted one.  I took this picture on our trek to Alaska and finally decided to give it a try.   8xl0 in size.

The Artist's Window

This is my latest painting. It is really hard to see all of the pencil work that went into it. I have a lot of scribbles (I love scribbles) throughout the piece. It is 11.5x14.5. Watercolor with Prismacolor pencil. After I am finished with all I have to do for Christmas, I will start in on my new  ideas.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

"Sunken Treasure" watercolor class demo

Tried a new surface.  Arches watercolor board.  It's quite nice.  Fun to work with.  Stains a little easier with some colors, but overall I'd give it a two thumbs up.  No buckling because the entire sheet is glued to a board.  No need to tape or staple to a support. Comes in 32" x 40" sheets.  Quite reasonable   "Sunken Treasure" 8-1/2" x 11"

Monday, December 1, 2014

Joy to the World

Last year I did this drawing on my ipad, and decided I would use the drawing for a painting  this year.  The top one is done with watercolor.  When i got through Keri said you were supposed to do that with T-Bone hanging out the window. SO....i duplicated my ipad drawing (on my iPad,so i wouldn't loose the original idea) and erased the snowpeople in the back window, and the kid hanging out the window.  Then I added T-Bone, and the gifts showing through the back window. We ordered some from Vista Print, and I am so anxious to see if they print up nice! I still enjoy drawing on the ipad  but is harder than using a pencil!!


Sunday, November 30, 2014

The First Christmas Commission is Ready

I have been hiding away working on two portraits of this little guy.  In the second painting he is a little older.  Considering he is almost two he cannot be much older :).

I usually prefer to do portraits in oil or watercolour but,  in the essence of time oils were not an option.  I had to defer to acrylics.  This photo is showing the painting colours to be less smooth than they really are - but you get the idea.  It is 14 x 11.  The photo below shows the painting with the reference photo.  Again the colours are wonky - I took tho photo indoors and the light changed the colours of the photo and the painting.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Christmas Birdhouse

6.5x3.5 watercolor on Daler Rowney 140 lb cold press paper completed yesterday, my first card of the Christmas season.  Actually it is the second one as recently finished some pine cones.  This little house was spotted on one of our mountain trips and I embellished it in front adding a more weathered look.
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First layer

Hello everyone.  During my days off I finally had some time to paint.  It's a start.  I totally enjoyed my time in the studio.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014


I hope everyone has a lovely Thanksgiving! I am grateful for all of you and for your friendship!

Monday, November 24, 2014


Suzy I have been running all day and now I am late getting this up for you but the feeling is just the same...late or early!  May your day be full of wonder and may this year be loaded with joy and laughter and blessings!!!

♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Happy Birthday to you-u-u-u,♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪Happy Birthday to you-u-u-u,♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Happy Birthday, dear Suzy ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Happy Birthday to you-u-u-u!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

The 1st World Watercolor Competition in France

This is a book of the first World Watercolor Competition organized by the magazine of 'Art of Watercolor' in France. While I wasn't selected to be one of the 23 finalists, I was nominated to the second stage of 295 artists out of 2000+ artworks from 82 countries, which is a miracle for me! I gifted a copy of the book to my parents in Japan. :)